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The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) is the UK’s leading asbestos removal association, representing the interests of asbestos removal contractors and associated businesses.

ARCA is the first port of call for anyone seeking an asbestos removal contractor to safely remove asbestos. The Association has over 300 members and are the UK’s leading provider of asbestos removal training courses.

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Course for Admin Staff Proves Popular

Due to requests from members more dates for the Asbestos Removal for Administrators course are now available.

To support contractors’ administration staff ARCA developed a one-day training course last year so they could experience what working on-site is really like and some of the issues their colleagues may face, all within a safe and controlled environment. The course covers hands on tasks such as; use of RPE, elements of enclosure construction, and use of air/bag locks, as well as the decontamination process in enclosures and DCU’s, for just £125 (exc VAT).

Courses have proven popular so additional dates have been planned for:

• Friday 6th April at Burton

• Thursday 12th April at Rayleigh

• Thursday 12th April at Manchester

Further dates are available so if you are interested please let us know.

For more details or to book on a course call us on 01283 505777.

ARCA Announces Charity Week 2018

Last year, the Association held their second Charity Week. A huge thank you to all of the ARCA / ATaC members and their staff for supporting the Charity Week by donating, biking, skydiving, baking (and eating), the total funds raised were fantastic.

This year, you can get involved during the 10th – 14th September, whether you run, walk, cycle, bake or hold a raffle, all donations can make a difference.

ARCA Charity Week 2018 will support charities; Mesothelioma UK and Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

“We are hoping that even more of our members and their staff get involved with the Charity Week this year to help support our charities”, commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.

The funds you raise can make a difference to those suffering with an asbestos related cancer and to people with a life-limiting illness.

Get Involved

Mesothelioma UK – a national resource dedicated to supporting people with this asbestos cancer, providing specialist Mesothelioma information & support and improved care & treatment through a growing network of clinical nurse specialists (now 18 posted at NHS hospitals throughout the UK).

Wigan and Leigh Hospice – has been providing palliative care for adult patients across Wigan Borough for more than 30 years and provide skilled care, help and support for over 1,000 people with a life-limiting illness every year.

Association transitions to new ISO9001:2015 with flying colours

After working towards and developing procedures to transition from ISO9001:2008 to the new ISO9001:2015, earlier this month the Association gained certification to the new standard with no non-conformances or opportunities for improvement identified.

The Association has followed and been audited under the ISO9001 quality management system for the last thirteen years. The ARCA quality management system (QMS) describes the approach, procedures and processes to be followed in order to demonstrate the Association’s ability to consistently provide quality membership, training and auditing services.

This new standard includes more emphasis on assessing leadership; what are the organisation’s goals and how will these be achieved. Also, there is more on risk based thinking; ability to look at the bigger picture to see and take action on any risks to the business, as well as opportunities.

The auditor from NQA commented in his report; ‘the QMS was found to be comprehensive and continues to meet the needs of the Association.’

“I’m delighted to say ARCA obtained this new standard with no issues reported,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA. “The team has worked hard over the last twelve-months to transition to this new standard, and the result of the audit highlights our commitment to continually deliver a first-class service.”

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Contractors Handover Form for Analyst

As from 15 February 2018 licensed asbestos removal contractors should complete a ‘Handover Form’ which should be given to the Analyst before the 4-stage clearance starts.

At the February 2018 ALG Meeting it was discussed that the licensed asbestos removal contractors should ensure that the asbestos enclosure or work area has been thoroughly cleaned by the contractor and that a thorough visual inspection has been completed by the contractor.

Following this the contractor should complete a ‘Handover Form’ which should be given to the Analyst before the 4-stage clearance starts. The Analyst should not start the clearance until the Handover Form has been received and is satisfactory, at which time the Analyst should sign and date the form.

In summary, the contractor should not arrange for the 4-stage clearance procedure to start until satisfied that:

• All the asbestos has been removed as detailed in the POW;
• The area inside the enclosure and airlocks is both clean and dry and has already passed their own thorough visual inspection;
• A Handover Form has been prepared for the Analyst;
• Sealant has not been applied.

ARCA Members can find a copy of this ‘Handover Form’ in the Member Portal within the Resources section.

Association issues 100th CSCS card

Following announcing the availability of CSCS Cards through the Association, 100 ARMI Skills Cards have now been issued.

These cards, for asbestos removal operatives and managers, together with cards for asbestos analysts and surveyors, have been issued as both physical smartcards and also as virtual smartcards.

“The volume of take up has been quicker than we thought,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.

“Also, virtual smartcards have been requested by the majority of applicants, as they can have a card on their phone (after downloading the app) within minutes of the application being processed. There have been some applicants who have left their application to the last minute, so this service has definitely been a benefit to them!”

Information and application forms for ARMI Skills Cards can be found here.